TOP SPORTING EVENTS: AUGUST 24-30
The high-goal polo season is ending and the college soccer season is gathering steam this week.
After two weeks of action, four teams still have a chance to win the 100th Bombardier Pacific Coast Open trophy at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. In the semifinal matches Thursday, ERG (3-0) will face Grant’s Farm (2-1), and Lucchese (3-0) will take on Zacara (1-2). The winning teams will play for the championship at 2 p.m. Sunday. Four other teams are vying to appear in the consolation final on Saturday.
In college soccer, the Westmont women have high hopes for this season and will get it started today (Tue., Aug. 24) with a home game against Trinity Western of British Columbia.
There will be a pair of soccer double-headers on Friday. At UCSB’s Harder Stadium, the Gaucho women will face St. Joseph’s (Pennsylvania) at 5 p.m., and the men will square off against the Mexico U-20 National Team in an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. SBCC will open its season at Goleta’s Girsh Park because the grand reopening of La Playa Stadium is a week away. The Vaqueros will play College of the Sequoias, the women at 2 p.m. and the men at 5 p.m.
Hardy athletes will be out in force on the waterfront this weekend, tackling the long course of the Santa Barbara Triathlon on Saturday morning and the sprint course on Sunday. The last event of the final day will be the parent-child sprint, a chance for youngsters to do a triathlon escorted by their parents.
Tuesday, August 24
College women’s soccer – Trinity Western (B.C.) at Westmont, 3 p.m.
Running / swimming – Reef & Run Summer Series (1k swim, 1-mile swim, 2-mile run, 4-mile run), Cabrillo Bath House, 6:25 p.m. Continues every Tuesday through September 7. Reefandrun.org.
Wednesday, August 25
Running / swimming – Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series (1k swim, 5k run), Leadbetter Beach, 6 p.m. Continues every Wednesday through September 1. Runsantabarbara.com.
Thursday, August 26
Polo – Bombardier Pacific Coast Open at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Semifinals: ERG vs. Grant’s Farm, 10 a.m.; Lucchese vs. Zacara, noon. Consolation semifinals: Piocho Ranch vs. Audi, 2 p.m.; Valiente vs. Mansour, 4 p.m.
Friday, August 27
College women’s soccer – Sequoias at SBCC, Goleta Girsh Park, 2 p.m.; St. Joseph’s at UCSB, Harder Stadium, 5 p.m.
College men’s soccer – Sequoias at SBCC, Girsh Park, 5 p.m.; Mexico U-20 Team at UCSB, Harder Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 28
Triathlon – Santa Barbara Triathlon, long course (1-mile swim/34-mile bike/10-mile run), East Beach Bathhouse, 7 a.m. sbtriathlon.com.
Polo – Western Badge Trophy (Bombardier Pacific Coast Open consolation final) at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, noon.
Semipro football – Barstow Riffians at Central Coast Seminoles, Santa Ynez High, 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 29
Triathlon – Santa Barbara Triathlon, sprint course (500-yard swim/6-mile bike/2-mile run), East Beach Bathhouse, 7 a.m.
Polo – Bombardier Pacific Coast Open Championship at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club: ERG vs. Lucchese, 2 p.m.
Monday, August 30
Golf – St. Vincent’s 9th annual Golf Classic, La Cumbre Country Club.
College women’s volleyball – Cincinnati at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 5 – Pier to Peak Half Marathon, Stearns Wharf to La Cumbre Peak, 6:30 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.
Sunday, September 26 – Carpinteria Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run or 0.5K swim/15K bike/5K run) Carpinteria State Beach, 7:30 a.m. carpinteriatriathlon.com.
Sunday, October 10 – Goleta Valley Cycling Club People Powered Ride (century, metric century and 30-miler), Hans Christian Andersen Park, Solvang, 6:30 a.m. active.com.
Saturday, October 23 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.
Saturday, November 6 – Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon, Tuckers Grove to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. sbimarathon.com.